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    Description

    Relic, a Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child thriller that introduces FBI Special Agent Pendergast

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human....

    But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders.

    Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre?

    ©1994 by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. (P)1995 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

    Commentaires

    "With its close-up view of museum life and politics, plausible scientific background, sharply drawn characters and a plot line that's blissfully free of gratuitous romance, this well-crafted novel offers first-rate thrills and chills." ( Publishers Weekly)
    "Wildly cool....Thrill hounds couldn't ask for a creepier environment....a thriller staged in the world's scariest building, with no room for the squeamish." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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    Ce livre est en anglais !!! Langue que je ne parle ni ne comprend.

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    • Global
      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Snoodely
    • 26/05/2010

    Non-Perishable

    Even thought "Relic" was published 'way back in 1994, it still delivers plenty of thrills and excitement after all these years. In my opinion, that test of timelessness indicates a good novel. The plot of "Relic" had the potential to flop, since it tells an improbable monster story. But Preston/Child's excellent writing and thorough research facilitate our willing suspension of disbelief, rendering even the most far-fetched plot concepts scientifically plausible. "Relic" grips you right from the beginning, and doesn't let go until the end. The extended sequence in the dark catacombs under New York's Natural History Museum provides unparalleled suspense. "Relic," unlike most thrillers, has no primary hero, but, rather, three or four protagonists. However, it commences a wonderful series of intelligent thrillers featuring the brilliant, erudite, albino F.B.I. agent Aloysius Pendergast, introduced in this novel. David Colacci gives us an excellent reading of this audiobook. I highly recommend "Relic" to any thriller aficionado.

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    • Joseph
    • 26/08/2008

    Pleasantly surprised.

    I read another Agent Pendergast novel before this one, and barely liked it. Not even sure why I bought this one, but I really liked it. The details about the museum and the research were fascinating, and the premise enjoyable. Much of the story reminded me of the old "Night Stalker" show.

    Part of it you can believe, but some of it will tax credibility, and there are holes they don't even bother laying boards across, much less filling in. But overall, a good, smart, tense monster mystery that will have you deciding to drive slower or set your alarm half an hour later to fit in one more scene.

    And the narrator fits the story--quick, accurate, detailed. Never trips over complicated science or academic terms. Good job.

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    • labuzzard
    • 14/08/2008

    Relic (Unabrigded)

    This book was written in 1994. The technology is somewhat dated, but the story line was great. The narration is second to none. Like others, I bought this book because it was on sale, but it was truly entertaining. It is an early Pendergast novel, and it really sets the stage for novels later in the series. Even though the sci-fi gets a little incredible at the end, if you like a good sci-fi mystery, download this book. You will not be sorry.

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    • kelly a sherwood
    • 15/07/2008

    A Personal Favorite

    This is one of those books I have read more than once, but as soon as I saw it was available for download, I had to listen again. I love the whole series, but my favorites are the first two books, Relic and Reliquary. Although all the books can stand alone, it is particularly interesting to listen to them in order, since many of the characters are revisited as the series progresses.

    If you enjoy a little science with your supense, you will definitely enjoy Preston and Child's books.

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    • Meredith
    • 05/01/2009

    Nailbiting Thrills and Perfectly Drawn Characters

    This is my first experience with Detective Pendergast and I can assure it will not be my last. I have already downloaded the sequel and can't wait to see what happens next. I was dubious of this monster type genre at first, but the museum provides such a titilating backdrop and the characters are so interesting that my preconceptions quickly fell away. You won't regret trying this one!

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    • Emiko
    • 14/08/2008

    Great Book, NOTHING like the movie

    I was leery of getting this book because I had seen the movie and it was HORRIBLE. However, the book is nothing like the movie. I am a big SciFi fan, and thoroughly enjoyed the twists of this book. I thought the authors did an extremely good job and the book wasn't predictable to me. I'm extremely picky about narrators and thought this one did an ok job. He didn't annoy me like a lot of narrators do.

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    • Amanda
    • 11/07/2008

    Excellent Listen!

    This was undoubtedly an excellent listen. I have followed all the books for FBI Pendergast, and I was thrilled to see finally we have the beginning of all of the characters introduced in the later of the series. The characters are well developed and this book definetely kept me interested all the way to the epilogue... Cant wait to download Book 2.

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    • Crochetaway
    • 27/10/2012

    Destined to become a classic

    I am drawn to stories about the unknown - spooky stories about what lurks in the basement of a museum attract me. I had this story on my wish list for awhile, but put it on hold because I listened to another in this series - "Fever Dream", and although I liked the story, I was annoyed by the profanity (mostly from the NYC police officer) and by the attempted rape scene. However, my adult daughter read "Relic", and liked it. So I downloaded it. Yes, there is profanity in this book, too, mostly from the same Police Officer. That said, however, the authors are fantastic writers, IMO, and it is obvious that much research goes into their writing. I gave it 5 stars because it's one of those books with much suspense - you don't want to stop listening. There's no romance or sexual situations in this book. However, if you are put off by gory descriptions of decapitations and the like, you might not like this book.

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    • Library Volunteer
    • 27/04/2011

    Can't muster the enthusiasm others portray

    Perhaps this is just not my genre--mixing science fiction into a thriller. If that juxtaposition doesn't bother you, you may love the book. My larger complaint is the overbearing Southern accent used for Pendergast. As a native Southerner, I find that the exaggerated dialect and mannerisms of the Pendergast character make him less credible, and frankly quite annoying. I won't be back for more of this series.

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    • crazybatcow
    • 20/02/2009

    Hopefully soon I'll find a 4+ star book

    The narration is well done... characters are narrated consistently and distinctly.

    The characters are fairly realistic and fleshed out but the story itself is pretty lame. I read scifi and thrillers/detective stories and thought this would be a blend of the two but it doesn't really hit the mark as either.

    You have to accept the existence of a monster, which is fine. But you also have to accept that a museum would not shut down as soon as there were a series of atrocious and unexplainable murders inside it. Then you have to accept that a graduate student would be the "detective" and the "real" detectives more interested in... I'm not sure what they were doing, but they weren't doing any detecting.

    I got this book on sale so give it 3 stars. If I had paid full price I would have been disappointed...

    Thr3e and any of the Harry Bosch stories are better thrillers. Altered Carbon is a better blend of sci-fi and detective. Artifact is a better "monster" story. Now I just wish someone could point me in the right direction because this is audiobook number 4 in a row that I finished only because I had paid for them.

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    • querbeet
    • 09/10/2011

    Thriller/Horror Mix mit interessanten Charakteren

    Eigentlich ist Horror nicht so mein Ding. Aber 'Relic' hat dann zugegebenermaߟen doch Spaߟ gemacht. Und zwar, weil es einfach gut geschrieben ist und interessante Charaktere vorstellt, deren Weg man gerne weiter verfolgen möchte - allen voran natürlich den enigmatischen FBI-Agenten Pendergast, der im 3. Teil der Serie dann auch von einer Rand- zur Hauptfigur wird. Verdientermassen.
    'Relic' ist einfach spannend. Vor dem Hintergrund eines Wissenschafts-Thrillers spielen sich blutrünstige Morde ab, die sich als genauso monströs herausstellen, wie es zunächst den Anschein hat. Ein illustres Team aus Figuren macht sich daran, das Rätsel zu lösen. Das Ganze dann auch noch im berühmten New Yorker Museum der Naturwissenschaft - eine hervorragende Kulisse für die erschreckenden Ereignisse.
    Nachdem alle Figuren eingeführt sind und unterbrochen von wissenschaftlichen Exkursen gibt es immer wieder kleine Schreckensszenarien, bis die Geschichte in einem heftigen Showdown kulminiert, der nichts für zart besaitete Gemüter ist. Es geht blutig zu, ohne jedoch in reine Splatter-Gefilde abzusinken.
    Die Erzählung macht Spaߟ: Colacci kniet sich rein, wenn es um D'Agosta's New Yorker Akkzent geht und um Pendergast's melodischen "Southern drawl". Auߟerdem gibt es hallende Museumsräume und das statische Knistern von Funkgeräten.
    Sicher gibt es tiefsinnigere und elegantere Thriller. Aber 'Relic' ist einfach eine blutspritzende, gut getimte Achterbahnfahrt mit einer tollen Truppe, und mehr hatte ich auch gar nicht erwartet.

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    • JensK
    • 08/05/2009

    Inhalt 1, Erzähler 6

    Toller Roman, der Sprecher ist allerdings unglaublich schlecht... kommt mir fast vor als würde eine Computerstimme vorlesen. Schade drum, Atmosphäre verschenkt.

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    • A+
    • 10/04/2017

    Thrilling, superb spoken, poor acoustic quality

    Story becomes vividly alive. Excellent speak, a real treat to listen to. Unfortunately the acoustic quality in the beginnen is quite poor, so I had to remind several times.
    I hope the second part is equaly good!

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    • Corpsepride
    • 03/01/2020

    Started high, ended low

    The story is great and Mr Colacci did a wonderful job, thank you very much. Allas, it seems to me that the people responsible for cutting and mixing got bored and careless, maybe they just wanted to get it done or they just didn't give a damn. The first 2 parts are a joy to listen to, the third and last part not so much. The words at the beginning of many sentences are either cut down to a single letter or are not existent. It's very frustrating to listen to, no fun at all when important parts of so many sentences are missing.

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    • Morticia
    • 23/04/2010

    Vergn?gliches schauern

    Auch als H?rbuch superspannend und hier fand ich Pendergast auch Klasse!